WHO: Processed meat can cause cancer
New research out today from the World Health Organization finds that that processed meats can cause cancer, and that red meat probably can, too.
WHO defines processed meats as “meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation… Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.”
The findings are sure to be controversial. The beef industry in the U.S. is huge – $95 billion a year – and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has already weighed in saying it doesn’t think there is evidence to support any link between red meat and cancer.